This study was undertaken to analyze whether luxury fashion retail brands can adhere to their core essence of providing personalized care through e-services rather than through traditional face-to-face interactions, particularly through Chatbot, an emerging digital tool offering convenient, personal, and unique customer assistance. The authors use customer data to test a five-dimension model measuring Chatbot for customer perceptions of interaction, entertainment, trendiness, customization, and problem-solving. The study reveals that Chatbot e-service provides interactive and engaging brand/customer service encounters. Marketers and managers in the luxury context can adopt the instrument to measure whether e-service agents provide desired outcomes and to determine whether they should adopt Chatbot virtual assistance.
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This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOE) ( NRF-2017S1A2A2041810 ).
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